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Sciatica pain immediately following chiropractic adjustment

KLEPin VAKKLEPin VA Posts: 2
5 years ago I had a successful diskectomy (sp) and up until last Friday all was great. I went to the chiropractor for an adjustment. I was feeling tight in my lower back. Received adjustment, and immediately had left calf pain. 10 minutes later I was in ridiculous pain, shooting pain from my left butt all the way to my toe. I went home from work, took Advil and sucked it up. Next day not as horrible but I immediately noticed tingling from my knee to my toes and some numbness. So i did stretches etc, and as of today I still have intense pain in left butt and calf area and still pins and needles. Has anyone ever had such a dramatic amount of pain from an adjustment? I am thinking of calling my neuro surgeon that did my surgery 5 years ago, go see him and ask him to order an MRI. I appreciate any of your thoughts. Thanks


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    with spinal disc problems, the last person you want to visit is a chiropractor.
    They have their places, but its not with the spinal cord, nerves and discs.

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • dilauro - you are so right! I learned my lesson. I sadly also had to cancel my massage I had schedule for Friday :-( I cant take the chance of making it worse.
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 12/17/2014 - 8:16 AM
    Ron is giving sound medical advise, not just an opinion. There are patients who have gone from the chiropractors office to the ER for surgery as a result of adjustments! I'm sorry that you're reading this now & not before last Friday!
    For any other members reading this... I've been told by many specialists over the years to NEVER allow adjustments with spine damage. I'm very fortunate. I went to a chiropractor when my back was first really bad. She took an X-ray & refused to touch me after she saw the damage in my lumbar spine. Even knowing this I've had a therapist & a DO do adjustments before I realized what they intended to do. If anyone asks me to lay on the table/bed I now ask what they're going to do first!

    Ice/heat & a hot Epsom Salt bath is my first rescue step. If I were you I'd rest until you can get some diagnostics to see what's going on. Hopefully he 'just' hurt you & your muscles are reacting. Use your passive 'tricks' for muscle calming & see your doc. I'm sorry this happened to you. Hopefully others can learn from this. No matter how they present themselves chiropractors are NOT spine specialists ;-(
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Willy8Willy8 Posts: 88
    edited 12/18/2014 - 6:45 AM
    Early on when I got this thing I wanted to try cold laser on my leg and back. Veterinarians use it on animals all the time. A friend of mine is a vet, and she had given me her old portable cold laser and I had been trying that out, but she now has a much more powerful one in her office, but unfortunately she's back east. I wanted to try out a powerful one so I looked it up locally, and I found a place run by a chiro that calls itself the xxxx, so I went there for the free introductory session. The guy was real friendly and had plenty of time to spare doing his spiel. The last thing he did was give me a free foot bath body impurity removal session, or whatever he called it. So I soaked my feet in nice warm water, and then the water turned all nasty and ugly looking. What's that, asked I. That's all the poisons in your body getting removed, said the "doctor". When I got home I looked up that gadget on the handy google machine. It is an out and out snake oil hustle.
    Later on I asked my pain clinic doctor about cold laser, and he said that sure he does it too, but $65 cash up front. I tried it. It did the usual nothing. I'm not sure that pain clinics, especially the one I'm going to, are that far removed from chiropractors.

    As for the cold laser, I don't know. My vet friend says it works good on animals, and she said that the staff often sneaks in to use it on themselves. My little portable one didn't do anything, nor did the $65 treatment at the pain clinic-ropractor.

    You can google chiropractic neck manipulation and stroke. Places like Quackwatch have pursued the subject.

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